Executive Chef Junnajet “Jett” Hurapan is the owner of Songkran Kitchen, the top Thai restaurant in Houston, and a native of Bangkok, Thailand. He values the robust, fresh flavors of traditional Thai cuisine and delivers extraordinary tastes and textures, whether savory or sweet, in all the dishes he creates.
He uses fresh ingredients: garlic, shrimp paste, Thai chilies, lemongrass, galangal, coconut, rhizome, —and melds them together to create a sophisticated, subtle elegance in which every element is in perfect balance. He also prepares and grinds fresh spices to enhance the clean, light burst of zest to the Thai food. His distinct cooking has been passed down from generation after generation, from both his grandmother and father, Chef Taweewat Hurapan. Chef Jett has won the “Best of the Best” Chef Award from Excellent Culinary, now a part of the American Culinary Institute.
Jira Hurapan, Chef “Jett’s” wife, is the pastry chef and prepares everything in-house, from scratch and only with the freshest ingredients. Jira creates and continuously experiments with new desserts. She uses fresh lychees, jackfruit, taro root, tapioca, bananas, and mangoes. She creates homemade sorbets, ice cream and, at times, makes her popular hand-crafted truffles.